Stayed at Panoramic Hotel for 2 nights in mid April. Taormina is the gem of Sicily (granted we didn't see the whole island but we certainly drove around a lot)!
The town works it's way up the clifftop with the restaurants, tourist attractions (ruins of the Greek theatre) etc at the top. Panoramic is down at the beach and would really recommend staying there. You can catch the cable car up to town (it's only a short walk from the hotel and a bit of a novelty).
All the rooms at the hotel look out to the sea, a beautiful little cove with Isola Bella (an idyllic, storybook island) in front. The beach is a pebble beach and it's hard to get into the sea for a swim but if you take 'jelly' shoes, you'll be fine.
The hotel itself is fine; modern & clean. You don't see the staff much, reception is minimalistic and there's not restaurant (they do a good breakfast but that's it) but the facilities are good. There's a lovely rooftop pool and as it was early in the season we had it to ourselves which was a treat.
I think it's quite pricey for what it is - we paid £160 a night but you pay for the view and Taormina in general is expensive - be warned!
While we're on the subject of cost, save €30 for a couple of cocktails at Hotel Grand Timeo. It's a 5* colonial hotel at the top of town with excellent service and amazing views. Expensive but a lovely place for an evening drink as the sun goes down.
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- The Panoramic Hotel in Taormina in Sicily certainly lives up to its promising name. The breakfast out on the balcony with the breathtaking view alone is worth the trip to Sicily.The rooftop terrace with the swimming pool at the romantic beach hotel in Taormina offers guests an even broader view of the truly dreamlike surroundings! ... more less
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